AIF Blog - Science

February 05, 2019
Canine cognition researchers Brian Hare and Alexandra Horowitz join furry friends on stage at the Aspen Ideas Festival to speak with Ross Andersen, senior editor at The Atlantic, about what dogs are thinking.When your dog wags its tail or welcomes you home, what are they thinking about? How do they perceive you and the world around them? Two canine cognition scientists, Alexandra Horowitz and Brian Hare, share what...
December 19, 2018
Gender studies professor Michael Kimmel and neuroscientist Lise Eliot discuss gender and science at the Aspen Ideas Festival.Why is it that we think boys are good at math and girls are more empathetic? Or that boys can’t focus in the classroom and girls are obsessed with relationships? These sometimes damaging gender stereotypes have become part of our culture, but are they backed up by science? Neuroscientist...
December 07, 2018
 Writer Kea Krause talks about scientists searching cold waters in the Arctic for wonder drugs. What is it that nature provides that we can’t live without? — Medicine, a sense of place, even happiness? Nature can be a destroyer, replenisher, and provide a sense of calm. Why is it that we take nature for granted and how can we learn from our mistakes? “Nature was the first place...
December 04, 2018
Atul Gawande, staff writer for The New Yorker, talks about bridging the gap between our aspiration for how we treat one another and the reality of it. He spoke in June at Spotlight Health.In our divisive times, writer, surgeon, and researcher Atul Gawande says it's especially important to remember this medical principle: all lives have equal worth. He told Lucy Kalanithi, professor of medicine, that when he was...
November 20, 2018
Angela Duckworth, founder and CEO of Character Lab, talks about the importance of modeling character for children. She spoke with Jackie Bezos at Aspen Ideas.Why is it so hard to watch our children fail? Why might a highly structured life for a child be a bad thing? And how important is our behavior, as adults, in the development of a child? In this episode, psychologist Angela Duckworth explains how to raise a...
November 07, 2018
Author Michael Pollan's latest book, "How to Change Your Mind," explores psychedelic therapy. He talked with writer Corby Kummer about it in Aspen, Colorado.Psychedelic therapy is being used in trials to treat depression, anxiety, obsession, and trauma. Michael Pollan began writing about it after he spoke with terminal cancer patients who used drugs to overcome a fear of dying. They were taking...
May 17, 2018
 Kitty Boone is the director of the Aspen Ideas Festival, which starts with Spotlight Health on June 21. What We’ve Been Up ToIt's our 14th year of programming the Festival, and we're excited to bring remarkable experts and deep thinkers to our stage once again. The speakers and conversations change every year, but our goal stays the same — to continue to highlight what's important now and what will have far-...
April 27, 2018
 Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Nadine Burke Harris, Sarah Watamura, and Jacqueline Jodl speak at Spotlight Health. Just as neuroscience has been revealing plenty of barriers to learning, it can also greatly influence the practice of education in positive ways. A panel of neuroscientists and educators at Spotlight Health 2017 shared some of the latest knowledge about how what happens in the...
April 06, 2018
 Danile Kraft, Deborah DiSanzo, and James Hamblin talk about technology and health at Spotlight Health 2017. If the concept of artificial intelligence revolutionizing medicine conjures up a future of robot doctors and nurses, a pair of health tech experts at Spotlight Health dispelled that bleak, impersonal outlook. From interpreting compounding amounts of personal health data to serving as a physician...
April 05, 2018
 Spring is here, and Spotlight Health—the opening segment of the annual Aspen Ideas Festival—is finalizing speakers, schedules, and curated programming. We’re gearing up for three-days of thought-provoking sessions led by healthcare pioneers and advocates. Please consider this a personal invitation to you and your colleagues to join us June 21-24 in Aspen, Colorado to participate in these important conversations....

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